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The Theology of John Woolman
The Theology of John Woolman:
One Quaker’s Vision of a World Remade
Lecture Series by Jon R. Kershner, Ph.D.
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This six week series examines the life of colonial New Jersey Quaker tailor John Woolman (1720-1772). Woolman is best known to historians for his antislavery activities, and he is best known to scholars of early American literature and spiritual writings for his autobiographical Journal. This series augments existing interpretations of Woolman by asserting that he is best considered from the perspective of theology, as a coherent thinker whose religious beliefs were inextricably intertwined with every aspect of his life. Moreover, this research contends that Woolman’s theology was apocalyptic, and that his various social reforms were united in a comprehensive vision he called “the Government of Christ.” Living under Christ’s direct leadership, the individual and society would be transformed so that the Kingdom of God would be realizing on earth. There will be time for questions and discussion. Suggested readings from Woolman’s published works will be given each week. All sessions will be held on Saturday mornings from 10am – 11:00am in the Conference Room at North Seattle Friends Church.
April 25: The Life and Times of John Woolman (1720-1772)
May 2: The “Principle that Proceeds from God”: Revelation, Conversion and Resignation
May 9: The Colonial American Jeremiah: Woolman’s Prophetic Witness
May 16: “On Earth as it is in Heaven”: John Woolman’s Apocalyptic-Eschatology
May 30: The Emergence of the “Government of Christ”: This-Worldly Perfection and Judgment
June 6: Woolman’s Books and his Peers: Constructing Theology, Maintaining Tradition
Jon R. Kershner, Ph.D., is interested in the way theology impacts social witness. He has published numerous articles and chapters on John Woolman, and continues to find Woolman to be a challenging figure whose life still speaks to us today. Jon enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, exercising and envisioning a world remade.